Disturbing accusations against Gridley Healthcare and Wellness, formerly known as Evergreen Health Care and Valley Oaks before that have come to light following the dismissal of numerous employees in the past few months.
A Public Notice was recently published in an area daily newspaper announcing "the agreement between Gridley Healthcare and Wellness Centre LLC located at 284 Spruce Street, Gridley, CA 95948 and the Secretary of Health and Human Services as a provider of services in the Health Insurance for the Aged and Disabled Program (Medicare) will be terminated effective October 2, 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that Gridley Healthcare and Wellness Centre LLC no longer qualifies to participate in the Medicare Program as the facility does not meet the statutory requirements of Section 1819 & 1919 of the Social Security Act. Payment for skilled nursing facility services rendered to beneficiaries admitted prior to October 2, 2014 may be available for up to thirty (30) days after the effective date of termination."
According to family members of residents, the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) who have since been fired, took illicit photographs of elderly residents who could not defend themselves during the evening hours when less staff was on duty. At least one of the residents is unable to speak.
Numerous calls to the Department of Public Health to both the Chico and Sacramento offices only produced promises of calls to be returned to the newspaper over the past week.
An email received From Cameron Rosenhan of Gridley Healthcare and Wellness stated, in response to questions posed by the newspaper, "Our highest priority at Gridley Healthcare and Wellness Center is to ensure the best quality of care and treatment for our patients. We are fully cooperating with the Department of Public Health on the surveys it has been conducting and have taken corrective action immediately as any issues have been identified. Gridley Healthcare and Wellness Center is a participating provider in the Medicare program and we are confident that we will resolve any outstanding concerns from the Department. We have implemented a hold on new admissions solely to ensure that we focus all efforts and resources on our current patients.
"Finally, the notice published by CMS is a standard notice required to be published by CMS guidelines, regardless of any ultimate resolution with the facility. We are committed to providing continued quality of care and treatment to our residents and to our community."